Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Jackson Soaring Hat plus five designer years

I can't let June pass without reflecting on my designer anniversary of sorts. Five Junes ago, I was hit by an idea, knit, wrote up my first pattern and launched it on Ravelry. I had no idea what I was getting into but it was fun.

Since then, I've come a long way, learned a whole lot, and happily it's still fun! I thank everybody for all the support and help given.

Right now, I've been knitting on things that I can't show yet. (I'm on a sock design bender at the moment.) But I did make a hat out of that lovely Jackson yarn I showed you in this post.

Yes, it is a fuzzier version of Soaring. It turned out lovely. Despite the 100 degree (F) weather here, I managed to wear it ice skating with my daughter. I know I'll enjoy it this winter when I go out to monitor the school bus stop.

One more interesting thing to show you is this cactus that was probably transplanted into our yard by a squirrel about three years ago. It's been blooming yellow flowers this year, amazing.

Happy June!



Monday, June 8, 2015

Winter Eyes Socks Pattern

Released today on Ravelry, a new fun sock pattern I call Winter Eyes Socks.


The design started with a skein of Knit Picks Stroll Tweed and Knit Picks Stroll Glimmer. The combo seemed so unlikely until I imagined a log cabin in the woods with glowing eyes. I added in some God's Eye motifs to make it all right. Why yes, I have read a few spooky novels! Why do the teenagers have to open that door?


I also had some knitters in mind who would prefer stranded colorwork in the round. So there's a pretty mellow (for me) chart that repeats once for front and back.






Enjoy the knit!

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Ghosts In the Night Cover Reveal

I finally got a look at the official cover for my Ghosts In the Night on the Zing library. It's at the pre-K level in realistic fiction.

But look, here's the cover thumbnail:

I am happy.

In knitting, I've temporarily abandoned dh's newest blue sock (well I did finish one sock). I've been knitting another hat and testing a sock pattern.

I'll tell you about these socks soon.

Maybe even tomorrow.


Sunday, May 10, 2015

Soaring Hat Pattern now available

It is Mother's Day here. It's a great day to talk about my new hat pattern, Soaring.

I would say talk about my new hat, but the sample I made has already been gifted to my sweet mother-in-law. (Happy Mother's Day!)

I always wanted a hat with a little lace, but not too much, and a little slouch, but not too much. I felt like the Soaring Cowl had some strong lines that would look good on a hat. The Knit Picks Galileo yarn is a great choice because of it's bamboo content which makes it smooth, light and drape nicely. It's also soft for sensitive skin.

I went back and forth on how many lace repeats to do. I decided four was enough but there is room to modify and easily slip in five. Just depends on how much privacy in the back you would like.



This pattern should hopefully be up on Knit Picks website in a few weeks but right now I have it in my Ravelry store.

Thanks for looking. Next up will be a fun sock!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Knitting Local with an Alpaca Named Jackson

Most people who know me know I love some internet-mail-order-drop-ship-the-yarny-goodness-on-my-front-doorstep businesses. Really love them. But at least once a year my family lets me out of the house to drive miles to our closest fiber fair, the Carolina Fiber Fest. This is where I can get local (within the state!) yarn to knit.

I think I scored well this year. This is yarn milled from Jackson, an alpaca at Char Mar Alpaca Farm in Liberty, NC.

The lady who sold me this skein said this was the first time she had Jackson's fleece milled because usually she brought his fleece to market and it's sold in a flash. Not surprised. It is a beauty. I'm thinking hat for me! LOL.

(That terrific shopping bag came from Shutterfly. I got it with a great coupon from my grocery store.)

I have some patterns in production right now, an artsy sock and a sweet hat coming in time for knitting season. Ha ha!


Enjoy!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Tips for working the Evening Tide Mitts

I promised in the last post I would show you some of my gory working shots of making the Evening Tide Mitts. Hopefully this will help with the tricky bits.

Tip 1: Thumb Placement

The first part of the pattern has you work some of the fabric and make a place holder for the thumb. I suggested in the pattern to work to 22 stitches but you can customize this length by laying the fabric across your hand and counting stitches, as in this picture.


Tip 2: Picking Up Stitches for Thumb



This may only confuse me, but I find that as I remove the waste yarn holding the thumb stitches that it snakes back and forth across the opening. To pick each stitch up held by the waste yarn, I use two dpns at the same time to pick the stitches up as they drop off top or bottom.

With this technique I get one more stitch on the top needle than the bottom which is all good.





Tip 3: Use the Kitchener Stitch to graft sides together.

The first prototype I made I used the three needle bind-off to seam the sides. Woo, that was bad! I'm not even going to show those results! The Kitchener does take some time and patience to do but the results are lovely. I was in a Loopy Ewe sock club one year that sent me this cute key chain to remind me how to do the stitch.




That's all I have for today. I hope this helps. I'm happy to answer questions on any of my patterns.

I hope you all enjoy the knit!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Evening Tide Mitts Pattern

My first pattern release for this year is a light pair of fingerless mitts that match the Evening Tide Scarf. My inspiration came rather accidentally. I was idly twirling my scarf around my hand and suddenly stopped to look. Oh my, I said, that would look good as a fingerless mitt! Fast forward a few months and here they are.

 I very much like the way they turned out. They will be perfect for a chill spring or fall day or even cold air conditioned hands typing on a computer.



You may have noticed that this yarn is a different color than what I used for the Evening Tide Scarf. It seems that the other colorway will be going bye-bye on Knit Picks. They wanted me to use the new Hawthorne Kettle Dye. I mentioned that I wouldn't have a set like I'd hoped, so they generously sent me two skeins as I showed you in this post.

These mitts don't take the entire skein so I can add the leftovers to the new skein and make the scarf a little extra longer. Perfect! I love to use up yarn.

This pattern should come up on Knit Picks website soon but right now it is on Ravelry for $4.00.